What Changed for 2009:
- Standard 17-inch steel wheels on G1500 and H1500 cargo models
- Optional 17-inch aluminum wheels available on G1500 and H1500 models
- Standard transmission oil cooler on applications with GCWR greater than 14,000 pounds
- Fast-idle option available on 6.0-liter V-8 engine
- Engine oil cooler standard on 4.3-liter V-6 engine
- G1500 and H1500 models with 5.3-liter V-8 engine get 125-amp alternator
's 2009 Express full-size van continues as a carryover model with few changes. Express is a proven people hauler with the ability to carry up to 15 passengers. It's also a durable commercial vehicle that serves as the foundation for numerous luxury van conversions. With the 2009 Chevrolet Express, the division carries on its 40-year product portfolio with offerings that fill a specific consumer niche.Model Lineup
The 2009 Chevrolet Express is available in passenger, cargo and conversion van models. It is available in regular- (135-inch) and extended- (155-inch) wheelbase lengths. Cutaway models, which can be converted to applications such as a school bus, RV or various commercial applications, are available in 139-inch, 159-inch and 177-inch wheelbase lengths. Express vans come in four series: the 1500, including light-duty (half-ton) models rated at 7300 pounds; 2500, including heavy-duty (three-quarter-ton) models rated at 8500 pounds; heavy-duty (one-ton) 3500, including full-bodied cargo/passenger vans rated at 9600 pounds; and commercial and RV cutaway chassis with gross vehicle weight (GVW) ratings of 9900 to 14,200 pounds.
Express passenger models offer 8-, 12- and 15-passenger seating configurations. New for 2009 are 17-inch steel wheels on G1500 and H1500 models, with 17-inch aluminum wheels available. Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) increases to 7300 pounds on G1500 and H1500 models. Express LS models include dual reclining front bucket seats; second- and third-row removable bench seats; power windows and door locks; power steering; tilt steering column; manual air conditioning; keyless entry and multi-function remote; rear step-up bumper; cruise control; and a chrome grille. Express LT adds remote keyless entry; panic alarm; chrome front and rear bumper; AM/FM radio with seek and scan and 2 speakers; and rear HVAC ducts and controls.
Options on the 2009 Chevrolet Express, depending on model selected, include a chromed grille; 6-way power driver seat; leather steering wheel; driver-side 60/40 swing-out doors; passenger-side sliding door; folding, power, heated outside mirrors; convenience package with power windows and locks or tilt steering column and cruise control; rear window defogger; deep tinted glass; remote keyless entry; upgraded audio system with in-dash 6-disc CD changer; custom cloth front seats; 15-passenger seating; and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Dealer-installed accessories include hitch-mounted bicycle or ski carriers, roof-mounted ladder package, roof rails, splash guards, first aid kit, and a battery warmer.Powertrain
The 2009 Chevrolet Express is powered by a choice of five engines. Standard engine for the light-duty Express 1500 cargo model is a 4.3-liter V-6 with multi-port fuel injection, which produces 195 hp at 4600 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of torque at 2800 rpm. Standard engine on the 2500 Series is a 4.8-liter V-8, which generates 279 hp at 5600 rpm and 294 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. The G1500 and H1500 passenger models and H1500 cargo and conversion models get the beefier 5.3-liter V-8 engine, which delivers 301 hp at 5200 rpm and 325 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. This engine also has an available flex-fuel E85 version. For more power still, customers can opt for a 6.0-liter V-8 engine, which pumps out 323 hp at 4400 rpm and 373 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. New for 2009, this engine features a fast-idle option which makes it easier to run numerous accessories while idling (at a worksite, for example). A Duramax 6.6-liter, turbo-diesel V-8 engine (standard on G2500 regular/extended wheelbase with YF7, optional on G2500 regular/extended wheelbase) delivers 250 hp at 3200 rpm and 460 lb.-ft. of torque at 1600 rpm. All 2009 Chevrolet Express models have one of three Hydra-Matic standard 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmissions with overdrive and torque converter, including tow/haul mode, electronic stability control, and 4-wheel ABS. Standard for 2009 is a transmission oil cooler on gross combined weight rating (GCWR) applications greater than 14,000 pounds.
In fuel economy, the 4.3-liter V-6 and 4.8-liter V-8 engines are not rated by the EPA. The Express 1500 passenger van with the 5.3-liter V-8 engine gets an EPA-estimated 13 mpg city/16 mpg highway in 2-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (2WD or AWD) models. The E85 version in either 2WD or AWD gets an estimated 9 mpg city/12 mpg highway (E85) and 13 mpg city/16 mpg highway (gas). The 6.0-liter V-8 and diesel 6.6-liter V-8 engines are also not rated by the EPA.Safety
Standard safety features on the 2009 Chevrolet Express include dual front air bags; head curtain side-impact air bags (standard on passenger van only, optional on cargo vans); 3-point safety belts for all seating positions and safety belt pre-tensioners for driver and right-front passenger; steel safety cage; 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Hydroboost; dynamic rear proportioning; theft-deterrent system; Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system for child safety seats (passenger van only); and a driver information center. Electronic stability control is standard on all passenger models. A tire-pressure monitor is standard on all cargo and passenger models, as well as flat and convex exterior mirrors for a wider field of vision. Enhanced Technology Glass (ETG), standard on 12- and 15-passenger models, mitigates passenger ejection from the vehicle, the manufacturer claims.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
), the 2009 Chevrolet Express 1500 passenger and cargo van receives a 5-star rating for frontal crash-test protection. The passenger van receives a 5-star rating in driver side-impact testing, but is not rated in rear occupant side-impact tests. In NHTSA rollover tests, the Express 1500 and 3500 passenger vans receive a 3-star rating.Technology
The 2009 Chevrolet Express comes equipped with a standard AM/FM stereo with digital clock and 2 front-door speakers. Other audio systems are optional, including an AM/FM stereo with CD player; one with CD/MP3 player, auto tone control and 2 rear door and 2 sound bar speakers; or an AM/FM setup with MP3-compatible 6-disc in-dash CD changer.
Available Trims for the 2009 Chevrolet Express 3500 Van
||4 speed automatic
|| 279-hp / 4.8L 8-cyl
||4 speed automatic
|| 319-hp / 6.0L 8-cyl